Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:17

Swift Current's Sask. Ability Bowl set to roll in Swift Current

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The Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council is gearing up for its annual Ability Bowl fundraiser, which celebrates its 25th year in 2013.

This year’s Ability Bowl takes place April 27th, and until then the branch is hard at work registering teams and collecting prizes and donations from the community.
“This community, they are amazing,” explained Kylea Russell, special events co-ordinator with the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. “In the last 24 years, Swift Current has raised over $1.1 million for Ability Bowl, which is huge. It’s really amazing how much this community gives, not just to us, but so many other non-profits here. It's a very giving community, and they come back year after year and support all of us.”
The Abilities Council fundraises for Ability Bowl from December right up until the event at the end of April, gathering teams and sponsors from around the community. Russell noted generally, they see the support of 40 to 50 sponsors and around 60 teams of up to five people. Currently, just over 30 teams are registered for this year’s event, and Russell is looking for more.
“We really do encourage people to come out, it’s such a great event,” she said. “We are anticipating a bigger crowd this year, so it will be better than ever.”
Although Russell is keeping the details of the 25th anniversary event a secret for now, she noted it will be an exciting evening for everyone involved. Their goal for this year is $70,000, and Russell is confident with the generosity of this community, they will be able to celebrate the anniversary with a record-breaking year.
“The money raised goes to all of our services and programs — special needs equipment, saws, sewing machines, and everything we need here at the training centre. It stays right here at this location, to help people of varying abilities,” she explained. “Without that financial support, it would mean that a lot of our clients would have to stay at home and not be out in the public, being productive. It helps us keep up with everything we do and keep our clients involved.”
The Abilities Council sees support year-round from the community, in a variety of ways. Donations are made to clients who bowl for the organization, donations are made at their many fundraisers, and people like the Sasktel Pioneers volunteer their time helping out wherever they are needed. Seeing this support from the community is incredibly important for the clients.
“They are so thrilled to be a part of something like this, it’s really like Christmas for them,” Russell said. “As soon as Ability Bowl is finished for the year, they are already talking about next year’s event. It really gives them a sense of accomplishment, being able to get out and do something important in the community.”

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